Pain Experience Group Sessions

Persistent pain impacts every part of your life. As you may have already experienced, persistent pain is sometimes misunderstood and mistreated. Sometimes health care professionals, friends and family contribute to the feelings of uncertainty with how to move forward. 

Our "It's Not All in Your Head" program provides a series of 3 group sessions led by our social workers. These 3 sessions aim to provide: 

  1. Unique information about your pain system's protective and restorative mechanisms. 
  2. The opportunity to connect with others living with persistent pain. 
  3. Practical ways that you can influence your own pain system. 

Email or call us to learn more, or check out the FAQ below.

Registration Information

We are currently accepting registration for group sessions for the following sessions:


  • "It's Not All in Your Head" - May 9, 16, 30 2:00-3:30PM
  • "It's Not All in Your Head" - June 6, 20, 27 2:00-3:30PM

To register, please send an email to medicationassessmentcentre@usask.ca and tell us your name, preferred email address and phone number, and the session you would like to attend. We will get back to you with a registration confirmation and further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many advantages to a group setting. Often people...

  • report that they learn a lot just from hearing other people’s experiences.
  • feel less isolated and alone in their pain experience.
  • interpret the same information a little differently and/or apply it a slightly different way. This adds to the richness of group learning.

We have guidelines that we review each session. Confidentiality is one of those. We ask that you learn from each other and share what you are learning with those close to you, but that you did not share names or identifying descriptions to anyone outside the group.

Complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Every session we have you introduce yourself by saying your name and a sentence in answer to a specific question of the day. There are other opportunities to share, ask questions, provide feedback during the group, but absolutely NO requirement to do so.

  • Regular attendance. If you cannot make it to a session to let the group leader know.
  • Keep other group members’ information confidential.
  • Keep an open mind to the material and other members.
  • Share the talk time with other members. Be respectful and non-judgmental of others and yourself. Comment on your own experience, not other people’s experiences.
  • To be present to help develop a safe environment and assist members is sharing their experiences and feelings.
  • To provide education on pain and recent pain research.
  • To facilitate experiential exercises in a safe way.
  • To keep the group on time and help manage equal sharing.

1. "I will be forced to disclose all of my deepest thoughts and feeling to the group."

You control how much and when you share. You can also gain much by listening to others and thinking about how their experiences may apply to your life.

2. "I have trouble talking to people; I won’t be able to share in a group."

It is normal to be nervous about sharing. Almost, without exception, within a few sessions, people find that they do begin to share. You will most likely get a lot of support when you begin to share.